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Truckee swimming | Wolverines fare well in league championship meet

Dan IngallsSpecial to the Sun
Submitted photoThe Truckee swim team huddles in for a group photo. The squad competed last weekend in the league championships in preparation for regionals this Friday and Saturday in Carson City.
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Another Truckee High School athletic milestone was over turned during the weekend. With the spring sports season winding down, the Wolverines have been sending some of their finest athletes to schools all over Northern Nevada competing for bragging rights.Over recent years, competitive swimming has evolved to a point that, as a sport, it rivals the likes of football, baseball and basketball in the small town of Truckee. Sure, the audience is smaller, the team is smaller, but the dedication, training and focus of a swimmer canandamp;#8217;t be beat. Last weekend the men and women of Truckee swim team arrived in Reno to take on seven other teams in their league. Several of these teams were bigger with a talent depth deeper than Truckee.The meet started with several Truckee wins in both the menandamp;#8217;s and womenandamp;#8217;s races. From the onset it was obvious that the Truckee aquatic machine was firing on all cylinders. In the medley relay, the Truckee women were touched out by Bishop Manogue and Reedandamp;#8217;s women. The Truckee relay made up of Annie Kruck, Alycia Wilson, Brittany Percin and Amanda Novic scored the team 32 points by taking third.The dominant force of the Truckee menandamp;#8217;s medley relay made up of Marcus Rodarte, Alex Straw, Kaleb Rodarte and Jake Hamilton scored 40 points by handily winning the first race of the meet. With Truckee wins in the next two events, menandamp;#8217;s and womenandamp;#8217;s 200 freestyle, by Hamilton and Percin, respectfully, momentum was rapidly building in Truckeeandamp;#8217;s favor. As the meet wore on, the names of Truckee swimmers peppered the leaderboard. Hamilton, San Robertson and Percin in the 200 free placed first, second and first, respectively. Wilson, Trent McMullen were third and second in the 50 free. Percin and Kaleb Rodarte were first and second in the 100 butterfly. Marcus Rodarte, Michael Reynaud and Bayley Sonder were second, sixth and eighth in the 100 free. Amanda Novick, Jake Hamilton and Sam Robertson were fourth, second and third in the longest race of the meet, the 500 free.The list went on and on to the halfway point of the meet. There, the Truckee women were holding down third place while the men were tied with South Lake Tahoe for first. After the break the Truckee men handed it to the South Lake Tahoe relay team, taking first over them by 10 seconds, a lifetime in swimming standards. Every swimmer there contributed, including Natasha Krider, Zoe Johnson, Sara Manthorp and Kaylee Bingham. Jasper Fields scored points for the team in the 50 free. Everyone did their share. Over the years Truckee has been challenged to even field a menandamp;#8217;s relay team while the women have almost always been in the hunt for a league championships. Disappointment of the womenandamp;#8217;s league third place was overshadowed by the menandamp;#8217;s success. The overturned milestone in 2012 was the Truckee men coming home with a League Championship. Now going into the regional and state meets, all eyes will turn to individual, not team standings. Regionals are Friday and Saturday in Carson City, while state is May 19 in Las Vegas. andamp;#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.


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